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Interlock and Monitoring Devices

The ignition interlock is one of several devices used to monitor those arrested for or convicted of DWI. Currently, if you are arrested and have a BAC of .15 or above, most Tarrant County judges will require an interlock be placed on your vehicle. If you have a prior conviction the law requires an ignition interlock be placed on your vehicle. If you don’t have a vehicle, the technology is available to monitor you. Judge’s may require a portable device that you would have to take with you and provide a specimen throughout your workday. This device can be more intrusive and inconvenient than an ignition interlock. For other cases, a judge may require a SCRAM device which is very expensive.

Interlock

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The ignition interlock is placed in your vehicle and you will be required to provide a specimen of breath before your car will start. You will also be required to provide a specimen while driving in what is called a Rolling Retest. Failure to blow when a rolling retest is requested will be noted in the record and will be seen as unfavorable by a judge.

There are substances that can affect an ignition interlock such as mouthwash (but not at a sustainable amount) and perfumes. Warnings (.02 and above) and Violations (.03 and above) can result in bond revocation or probation revocation.

In-Home Devices

 

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The in-hom device by Smart Start is misleading as it is a portable device about the size of an ancient brick cell phone and not something that stays at home. Judges will require you to blow in this a certain amount of times per day during predetermined windows. Late blows are considered missed blows and could lead to bond or probation revocations.

SCRAM

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The SCRAM device is an ankle monitor that measures alcohol through perspiration. The device, which has a replacement value of $1500 costs users about $400 per month.

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